The 2019/20 Premier League season is nearly upon us and as always, there will be plenty of things to keep an eye out for.
New ball, new teams, new signings, new kits and new numbers assigned to players who have just been brought, returned from a loan spell, or those who have simply changed their digits.
Some vacated squad numbers are sure to be snapped up, an example being Eden Hazard’s No.10 at Chelsea following his move to Real Madrid, with reports suggesting it will go to Callum Hudson-Odoi.
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Here we take a look at the latest numbers (in brackets) announced by squads so far.
Arsenal – Bernd Leno (1)
Following the retirement of Petr Cech, Leno has taken the much-coveted No.1 shirt, having worn the No.19 last season.
Chelsea – Tammy Abraham (19)
Having spent last campaign on loan firing Aston Villa into the Premier League, Abraham will hope for a chance to lead the Blues’ attack and will do so wearing No.19 a number he had last season, but never wore under Maurizio Sarri.
Everton – Fabian Delph (8)
The former Manchester City midfielder joins the Toffees on a three-year deal and will wear the No.8, having been assigned the No.18 during his time with the current Premier League champions.
Everton – Andre Gomes (21)
After an impressive loan spell last season, Gomes signed permanently and swapped his number from eight to 21 and explained his reason.
“I really like the number, I wanted to keep the number and I’m now looking forward to having it on the back of my Everton shirt,” he said.
Liverpool – Alisson (1)
As debut seasons go, it was a huge success for the Brazilian goalkeeper, who won the Golden Glove Award for keeping 21 clean sheets, helped the Reds capture a sixth Champions League and won the Copa America with Brazil.
He will leave the No.13 behind but with fond memories of it.
Liverpool – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (15)
A number he wore during his time with Arsenal, ‘The Ox’ returns to the No.15 and will hope it brings him better luck than the No.21, which he never got the chance to be seen in during the 2018/19 season, after being ruled out with a serious knee injury.
Manchester City – Gabriel Jesus (9)
Jesus has worn No.33 since his arrival in January 2017 and will hope to fare better than previous owners Nolito and Alvaro Negredo, who struggled to adapt to life in England.
“It will be an honour to wear the City number nine shirt and I’ll do so with great pride,” Jesus said in an interview with City.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (11)
After establishing himself as the first choice left-back under Pep Guardiola, following another injury-ravaged season for Benjamin Mendy, the Ukranian has swapped his previous No.35 to No.11, last worn by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Manchester United – Aaron Wan-Bissaka (29)
The former Crystal Palace defender will don the No.29 shirt, the same number used by ex-United player Wilfried Zaha.
Hopefully his experience at Old Trafford is better than the Ivorian’s.
Daniel James (21)
The 21-year-old will succeed Ander Herrera as the owner of the 21 shirt and United’s first signing of the summer has already looked impressive in pre-season.
Norwich – Sam Byram (3)
The right-back has joined the newly promoted Canaries on a four-year deal from West Ham and will take the No.3 strip.
Tottenham – Tanguy Ndombele (28)
The France international joined from Lyon for a club-record £55million and has been handed the No.28 shirt for his first season in the Premier League.